Dave Taylor blogged today about what has obviously been nagging him a bit, or maybe others been nagging him because he does reciprocate 100% of the time on Twitter follows. It’s a blog you should check out and see how your answer lines up with others or with his.
Sometimes I find myself coaching people on the use of Twitter, but I am by no means an expert…I’m working on that part. What I learned early is that I could not possibly keep up or be interested in every single person that followed me. It would be silly to try and really, what would be the ultimate point? For me, the point of using it at all – the reason I get so sucked in sometimes – is because I want to gain knowledge, share ideas, and stir people to thinking about things that they might otherwise overlook or not know about. I also want to connect with people and friends, and help connect others. Sometimes my microposts are just silly, talking about coffee or hockey, but other times I like to think I’m helping someone find information or helping to inspire someone to take a step toward a goal they have personally or in their work. It is a community there for sure, but just like in the physical, palm-pressing one, I won’t be inclined to reach out to just anyone; I have my criteria. I am annoyed with spammers and people pimping who knows what – I think this violates the purpose, but I do always check their profile before deciding if they’re someone I want to follow, and this is a great part, I don’t have to follow them and can even block them if I choose to.
In a meeting the other night where the discussion was on Social Media, an audience member asked when it would be appropriate to start throwing their “pitch” and creating a “call to action”, a question most certainly on the minds of many people who go straight there for business – we’ve all smelled their ilk before. My response to my friend and colleague was, “Wow, how tacky.” If people like what you’re saying and you’ve put your profile up, if they want your widgets, they’ll find you. Heck, they might even Follow you.